General Burhan sworn in as Sudan's new leader


The very first steps of the transition to civilian rule after 30 years of Bashir's regime were proving hard however with disagreements within the protest camp holding up the formation of Sudan's new ruling body.

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for his role in massacres in the Darfur region, where a rebellion broke out in 2003.

According to him Bashir had said he also received two previous payments of $35 million and $30 million from Saudi King Abdullah, who died in 2015.

"The president of the sovereign council will be sworn 11:00 am (0900 GMT)" on Wednesday, TMC spokesperson Shamseddine Kabbashi said in a short televised address.

Large amounts of cash were found at his residence after he was toppled and police investigator Ahmed Ali said the case brought before the court concerned some of that money.

Hamdok, an economist who has served in global institutions, was nominated by Sudan's main opposition alliance which negotiated for months with the Transitional Military Council to reach the agreement that led to the Sovereign Council's establishment. The next hearing was scheduled for August 24.

Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who was ousted from power by the armed forces earlier this year, listened to the detective today without comment, reported Reuters.

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The main task for the next three years will be to make sure the Sudanese people can lead decent lives, Jahn said.

Amnesty urged the country's new transitional institutions to ratify the ICC's Rome Statute, a move that would allow for his transfer to the global tribunal.

Al-Bashir's trail is another top challenge, she said.

It was the sudden tripling of bread prices in December 2018 that sparked the wave of protests fatal to Bashir's regime.

The line-up had been expected to be announced on Sunday but it was delayed after one of the five nominees put forward by the opposition alliance representing protest leaders turned down the job.

Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the military council, was sworn in as the leader of a joint military-civilian body, which is to run the country for a little over three years until elections can be held.

In Sudan, where the map of the power structure is being reshuffled during this transitional period, the new legislative assembly is yet to be formed and will comprise 300 parliamentarians, two thirds of whom will be provided by the opposition coalition.